Govt Shoots Down University Fees Hikes

Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister, Professor Amon Murwira, yesterday said that the fees for all undergraduate categories remain unchanged.

His remarks come after reports suggested that Midlands State University which had reportedly hiked fees from about $800 to $2 000 without government approval. Murwira said:

All fees to do with undergraduate studies have not been increased as such communication passes through my office. I have not signed an ordinance to that effect.

Fees remain the same until we put alternative payment methods as currently we are working on introducing grants. As for the undergraduates, there is no compromise except for post-graduate, there is that leverage since it is optional.

The Herald contacted some state universities to clarify their positions on fees hike. Lupane State University (LSU) director marketing and public relations, Zwelithini Dlamini, said they had proposed a fees increase for self-financing programmes. Dlamini said:

We are proposing a 20 percent fees increase for parallel and block programmes. The lecturers should be paid from the fees and any other cost thereof.

This will be approved by the parent minister through the fees ordinance.

Other universities reportedly said that they had not reviewed their fees.

More: The Herald

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